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China says carrier met targets in first sea trial

Last Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 11:38

Beijing: China says its first aircraft carrier attained all its set objectives in its initial sea trial last month.

According to Thursday`s official Global Times newspaper, Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun says the refurbished ex-Soviet carrier will continue to undergo testing. He gave no further details.

China says the ship is intended for research and training, pointing to longer-term plans to build up to three additional clones of the carrier in China`s own shipyards.

Beijing`s carrier program is an outgrowth of the country`s burgeoning military expansion, driven largely by bragging rights and national prestige. It could also come into play in furthering China`s claim to Taiwan and disputed territory in the South China Sea.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 11:38

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